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About Baffled Bear Books

I am Mark, Guardian of Mawson Bear. Mawson sits on Bed-Top Hill. Between naps he ponders about Baffling Things. After deep ponders, most things remain for him as completly baffling as they were before. But they do seem friendlier, somehow. If you, too, are baffled by, well, Things, his little books of ponders could be just right for you.

Readers Favourite 5 stars for: It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite.

It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In, by Mawson, is a book for children of all ages written by Mawson Bear, who is otherwise known as Mark O’Dwyer.

A bear’s world is bright and shiny, and filled with infinite possibility, but sometimes waiting for that special someone to share the world with can be hard. Bears know that their someone is out there and on the way, and they can feel those hugs even before the awaited one is in sight. Bears love unreservedly and don’t seek to change their loved ones. And then they do the hardest thing of all, which is to watch those loved ones grow up and go out to explore their own expanding worlds, leaving their bears behind. But they do come back…usually, and share those adventures. And then, there’s the art of being oneself, of penning the perfect poem to celebrate me instead of us, which certain bears can do so well. And always the chance of being discovered once again.

Mawson Bear’s heartwarming and poignant book for children of all ages, It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In, will captivate anyone who’s shared a secret with their teddy bear or felt the comforting warmth of that furry presence in the bed on long dark nights. Mawson’s story is lyrical and compelling, and the illustrations which accompany the text are brilliant. Each image is cunningly composed and photographed to showcase the artist Bear in the best possible light and reveal both his personality and depth of emotion.

It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In, by Mawson (available here) is most highly recommended. Five stars. This review has been copied from the Readers Favourite website.

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Where to find it:  You can  plonk your paw here to order it here through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place.

Mawson’s next book is called ‘She Ran Away From Love’, and will be ready to be in your paws in 2019.

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Frilly Wardrobed and Made Up

Fellow Baffled Ones,
Wardrobe still aren’t finished getting Frilly ready. They looked at hats. They looked at clothes. They looked at bags. They looked at Props. And they’re still keeping her there. It seems you need the patience of a bear to be a star in photos.

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Here she is with Tartan Scarf and Bonnet, bears of the Wardrobe, or is it bears of the Makeup? Frilly is being Wardrobed. Or being Made Up. Which is baffling because Frilly is already herself and she doesn’t need to be made up. That’s why she got the job of being the star. . . But Wardrobe keep on fussing. Well, its just as well because the Camera Bears still haven’t fixed their cameras.

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It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is already out in the world. It would be grand if you could ask your friendly book shop to order one for you – and another one for a huggable friend. We bears love bookshops. You may need this enormous number:  ISBN 978-1-922200-44-0.

A meditation on the nature of love, missing, grieving, solace and healing.’ Thoughts on Bright World by Isobel Blackthorn, author of The Drago Tree and A Perfect Square.

Where to find it:  You can plonk your paw here to order it through Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place.

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Hats Maketh The Bear

Fellow Baffled Ones,  I’ve asked Director Scotland the Brave, and it seems ‘Wardrobe’ is not about Narnia at all. It’s Scarf Bear and Bonnet who dress Frilly up. Now they are deciding about hats.

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Scarf and Bonnet help Frilly with her hats and wardrobe for the book

 We all know you need just the right hat if you are going to wear a hat and I wrote hats into my book for Filly to wear but forgot to say what kind of hats because I’m not really a hat sort of bear. So Wardrobe are wardrobing away today with hats.

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It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In by Me, Mawson, is already out in the world. It would be grand if you could ask your friendly book shop to order one for you – and another one for a huggable friend. For all of your huggable friends. We bears love bookshops. You may need this enormous number:  ISBN 978-1-922200-44-0.

A meditation on the nature of love, missing, grieving, solace and healing.’ Thoughts on Bright World by Isobel Blackthorn, author of The Drago Tree and A Perfect Square.

Where to find it:  You can plonk your paw here to order it through Book Depository  with free shipping all over the world. Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com and, oh! all over the place.

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Script, Cameras, Action .. umm, Action?

Hello Fellow Baffled Ones,

There is going to be a NEW book by Me, Mawson Bear. It’s called, “She Ran Away From Love”. It’s about a Quest and .. Well, you can see hints here.

It takes all sorts of fuss (between naps) to make a book. Much pondering was pondered by Me, Mawson, about The Words. Then we needed Pictures because it is a Picture Book For Grownups. The Camera Bears brought their cameras to make picture.

The cameras aren’t working.

The camera bears are fixing the cameras.

Possibly.

Directors Chair 10 Props 2692Frilly is still with Tartan Scarf and Bonnet, bears of the Wardrobe. This time they are looking at Props to use in the photos when the photos get taken by the cameras that the camera bears are fixing (possibly).

To see more about what the pictures will look like in the book when it is ready, please plonk a paw down on the Follow Button on this blob, umm, this blog.

It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In  is already finished. Ask your friendly book shop to order one for you – and another one for a  huggable friend.  For all of your huggable friends. Bears LOVE bookshops. And friends. Umm … You may need this enormous number:  ISBN 978-1-922200-44-0.

OR you can  plonk your paw here on Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also  Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com .

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Directing Behind the Scenes

Fellow Baffled Ones,  Prof Bree and Elliot Bear are having bothers with their cameras. They are looking at them a lot and taking bits out and putting them back.

So making the photos of the Behind-The-Scenes pictures of the scenes that are In The Scenes of the pages my new book .. umm .. where am I?  Well, making scenes of all sorts has stopped.

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Director Scotland the Brave chats with star Frilly while the Tech Bears check their cameras

Scotland the Brave is our Director. You can tell he’s the director because he got hold of the chair that says ‘Directors Chair’.

Scotland found it very hard to Direct while all the photo-making bears were taking the photo-making things apart and not making photos. Even though he had the chair. So he talked to our Star, Frilly, instead.  There is also Me, Mawson Bear in She Ran Away From Love but Frilly is the star.

The first book by Me, Mawson, is called Its A Bright World To Feel Lost In from from Odyssey Books.  Or, ask your friendly book shop to order one for you – and another one for a  huggable friend.  Bears LOVE bookshops. Umm … You may need this enormous number:  ISBN 978-1-922200-44-0.

OR you can  plonk your paw to order it here through Book Depository (free shipping all over the bright world). Also at Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com.

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About Mawson Bear’s Blob, err, Blog

From here, Fellow Baffled Ones, you can go to all the Toasts in my Blob.

(Whispered conference with my friends.) Errr, no, it seems that they are the POSTS in my BLOG. We hope you enjoy them with honey.

(Whispered conference.) And also, without honey, if you have no honey today.

Me, Mawson, Writer-Bear and my Baffled Bunch would like to also here say  thank all our new friends on the Botheration-Net, umm, the Plump World of Plush … errr, the World Wide Wonderful Webby Place.

There are artists, giraffes, dancers, poodles, photographers, ducks, gorillas, risk takers and girls who dare, Ellies and plumps and heffies, plushies, bunnies, lovers of oceans, squirrels, tricepatourous, musicians, gators, designers, sheep, geese, singers,owls, unicorns, frogs, and did we say BEARS?

There are writers, octopii, piglets, alpacas, more bears, book lovers, boosters, hippos, parrots, artisans, explorers and travellers, hamsters. And dawgs, bunnies, penguins, sloths, yetis, donkeys, lions, unicorns, potters and poets, and library-guarding-dragons. And so many other grand friends of every size, shape and stuffing! Thank you all for joining us.

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We, that’s Me, Mawson, one of this bright world’s very few published writer-bears, and my friends, and my guardian, bring you picture books suitable for all ages and for every shape and stuffing. They’re from Odyssey Books. My first book is called It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In 

My Guardian, Mark, has a web den too. It’s called Baffled Bear Books.
He talks there about my books and other books and writers and also books and more books too and more writers and stuff.  It gives him something to do while I’m napping. I nap a lot. Coz’ I’m a bear.

You are in the Blob of Me, Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things and Writer-Bear. 

 

‘She Ran Away From Love’, next from Mawson Bear

Fellow Baffled Ones, we’re making extra pictures to tell the bright world all about the new book being written by Me, Mawson Bear, called She Ran Away From Love. It’s about a Quest.

These pictures are about making the pictures in the Book. They are behind-the-scenes pictures. It’s a baffling thing to say because we are all in the scenes that we’re making the scenes of .. behind of … Umm … No, we’re in the scenes that we are behind of so that we can be .. errr .. in them? Possibly?

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On the Set with director Scotland the Brave, Scruffy, Prof Bree, Bonnet, Frilly and Tartan

Scotland the Brave is boldly being Director. Scruffy is importantly doing important phone calls on the important green phone. Prof. Bree said she will also make moving pictures that go around. Just now the Thing-That-Goes-Around A-Lot is .. umm.. not going around.

Bonnet and Tartan Scarf Bear are being Wardrobe. Possibly this is something to do with Narnia? Today they help Frilly to choose The Explore Bag. The Explore Bag is very important in my story. Everyone wants the bag that gets the big role of Explore Bag to be just the right sort of bag. For exploring with.

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Choosing just the right bag to be the Explore Bag that Frilly will carry on her quest

She Ran Away From Love will be published by Publisher Obscura. They do fun and beautiful books for Grownups with pictures in them. The pictures are mostly in the books, not in the Grownups. Or behind them .. umm .. They make grand presents for Cubs as well as Grownups and for fellow bears and for everyone you know who appreciates Stuffing. The books make grand presents. Not the cubs.

You will see Me, Mawson, in the book. But the star is our Frilly. To keep getting news about Frilly, plonk your paw on the Follow Button.

It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In  is already finished. Ask your friendly book shop to order one for you – and another one for a  huggable friend.  For all of your huggable friends. Bears LOVE bookshops. And friends. Umm … You may need this enormous number:  ISBN 978-1-922200-44-0.

OR you can  plonk your paw here on Book Depository (free shipping all over the world). Also  Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com .

“It’s a small book packed with big emotions. Mawson, the big-hearted, soul-searching teddy bear is here to help.” Cheryl Pasquier of Madhouse Family reviews.

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Suitable Gifts for Writer-Bears

Fellow Baffled Ones of this befuddled but bright world, It’s Me, Mawson, writer-bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In. You may be baffled about what to give a writer (or bear) for a gift.

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Here’s Me and I happen to have some presents. What could they be?
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Oh this is grand. A pen! Just the gift for a writer. This one is, let me see, fire-hardened she-oak. Wonderful.

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What could this one be? It feels sort of feathery. Plump Sleeping Bears! It’s a … it’s a ..

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It’s a plume! It’s a plume for pluming words! A big feathered pen. A quill. My goodness.

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I am a lucky bear. No writer can leave a plume like that alone. I’m going to plume some words right away.

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Oh yes, I can feel my ponders going all the way down this errr quill plume pen thingy straight to the paper. Pens make grand gifts for writers. And for this writer-bear.

Remember, bears, no taking of feathers from the birds who grew them without permission. Not even for plumes. That’s most important

Our book is from Publisher Obscura which does fun and beautiful books for grownups. It’s an imprint of Odyssey Books.

“Just pure magic”. Susan Hampson, Reviewer on Books from Dawn to Dusk about It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In.

“It’s a small book packed with big emotions. Mawson, the big-hearted, soul-searching teddy bear is here to help.” Cheryl Pasquier of Madhouse Family reviews.

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Heart of Brass, by Felicity Banks, first of the Antipodean Queen series

Heart of Brass by Felicity Banks is published by Odyssey Books , “where books are an adventure”. This book certainly is an adventure! AND you get a bonus story in a Choose Your Own Adventure supplement. More about that soon.

Society doesn’t allow young men to marry science experiments.

Straight from that first line we steam into enormous fun. Emmeline Muchamore needs to marry and fast to save her family from penury. But ..

Mrs Dawes was unlikely to appreciate the sight of her perspective daughter in law steaming violently from between the breasts.

Our heroine must take action to prevent this, understandably, as any well-bred young lady would, but what she does is disastrous. In just one day she plunges from the eligible ranks of London’s high society to a grim prison ship.

(From the Blurb). “She is unable to explain her actions without revealing she has a steam-powered heart, so she is arrested for theft and transported to Victoria, Australia – right in the midst of the Gold Rush.”

To keep her brass heart a secret Miss Muchamore adopts one desperate measure after another. She is even forced to associate with, sniff, an Irish currency lad, Patrick. What a come-down for a British lady. But through it all, equipped with her probability parasol, her very special pet rats and her affinity with the mysterious properties of metals, our Emmeline hangs firmly on to her bonnet.

This new horizon was mine. It just didn’t know it yet.

Felicity Banks has created a heroine whose foibles and prejudices only add to her strengths. I loved the droll lines delivered on every page. Readers might also become intrigued by the pivotal events in (non-steampunk) Australian history referenced in this rollicking story. A special mention too for Elijah Toten, artist of the eye-catching cover.

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Mawson: Let’s see. Balloons, portmanteau, bonnets, goggles? Yes. Bushranger aeronaut and Barry the Horse? Yes. The Southern Cross? Hmm, it looks a bit small.

The second book in the Antipodean Queen series is Silver and Stone “Emmeline, Matilda, and Patrick have sworn to rescue Patrick’s mother from the infamous Female Factory prison, but when a vengeful police officer tracks down their hideout, things get worse fast.”

Magic in the Mail: Emmeline’s Empire also puts you in the world of Emmeline Muchamore. “It’s a tale of secrets, hope, aeronauts, lighthouses, first love, and fruit ices for all.”

Felicity Banks has also written Monster Apprentice.
“When pirates threaten the tiny hidden island of Luar, Dance knows her home has only one hope of survival”.

After the Flag Fell, by Felicity Banks

With Heart of Brass, you also get a second book. Yes, two for the price of one, more in fact, because After the Flag Fell is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style bonus which picks up after the exciting finale of Heart of Brass. YOU can choose what fate befalls the characters! There are all sorts of scenarios to act out. Mawson Bear’s Guardian spent another two hours engrossed in the possibilities – meeting terrible fates too often and going back to make new decisions and try again for a nicer ending.

As for Mawson Bear’s Baffled Bunch: as you can see by plonking a paw here, once they were inspired by After the Flag Fell they Got-Up-To-Things all over the house when no-one was looking.

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Magic In The Mail, created by Felicity Banks

FELICITY BANKS, creator of Emmeline Muchamore, heroine of the Antipodean Queen Series, also writes Interactive Fiction where you not only read but, as the term suggests, you also get involved. It’s a different and absorbing way of reading, and its suitable for all ages.

There are adventures, murder mysteries (Murder in the Mail) and magical ones. The stories arrive in your mail and you also receive the beautiful artworks which provide the clues you need. Isn’t it grand to get things in the post! And YOU have to work things out. You can even talk to other readers on a forum and share your thoughts about the clues.

One of Mawson Bear’s Baffled friends is nervously getting ready to appear in one of the pictures you will get when you read and play the new mystery called ..

Magic in the Mail: Feuding Fae 

“This is a tale of two missing magical creatures; a phoenix and a water dragon. The missing ones have left a trail of art behind them. Can you help find them before it’s too late?”

You can see examples of the artwork and fuller explanations at Felicity’s Home on the Web right here.

Magic in the Mail: Emmeline’s Empire puts you in the steampunk world of Emmaline Muchamore. “It’s a tale of secrets, hope, aeronauts, lighthouses, first love, and fruit ices for all.”

If you have already struck gold (and brass, aluminium and iron*) with Felicity Bank’s Heart of Brass you will know it includes a bonus story called After the Flag Fell.  This is also a Choose Your Own Adventure style story. YOU make choices on behalf on the characters and see what fate will befall them.

When Mawson Bear’s Baffled Bunch got their paws on Heart of Brass and After the Flag Fell they were so inspired that they were Getting-Up-To-Things all over the house when no-one was looking.

You too could become excited by the whole idea of Interactive Stories!

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Scotland the Brave tries towing the basket to get it airborne. Hilda Bear hangs on to her bonnet.

In one of their scenarios, Wombat the Bushranger Aeronaut tries yet again to get the balloon airborne. Scotland The Brave, equipped with aluminium vest*,  has volunteered to tow it up with his steam truck.  Will our brave bunch have enough balloons? Will Scottie’s  truck get up enough steam? Will Hilda lose her hat? Will Barry the Horse fall out of the basket? Truth to tell, Scottie and Hilda don’t actually have counterparts in Heart of Brass but they excitedly got involved anyway.

*Aluminium and all the metals have particular properties in the steam punk universe of Heart of Brass. All of us in this house now want to have our own brass goggles!

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Chivalrous Readers, Thank You, from Mawson Bear

Thanks to our many chivalrous helper and reviewers including:

Emma of FNM Book Reviews. Comforting, like an old security blanket

Pauline Dewberry and Casey Cat and Gibbs Cat of Thedailymews.com and Live well, Being Happy. who said, Absolutely lovely; so sweet and poignant. It makes my heart sing.

Michael Bernal on Goodreads.  I was quite surprised by this book. I became quite emotional when reading it.

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For a little book there is a large emotional impact here… This is a perfect little gift for close friends, family or for yourself, just as a reminder that you are loved and not alone.Bookshine and Rainbows , Steph Warren

So sweet and poignant. It makes my heart sing.  Pauline Dewberry of Thedailymews.com and Live well, Being Happy.

Ooha, valiant blogger at OverRated Sensibilities.  This story really got to me. It made me smile like a lunatic. It made me want to reach for a tissue.

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Anthony Avila, Author of the Nightmare Wars series: A wonderful story, filled with heart, emotion, and done in a unique picture book style.

Jackie Law, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer, at Never ImitateThis little story made me well up …A lovely, poignant story with delightful illustrations. It would make a thoughtful gift including to yourself. 

Lisa and Baby Bear, old friends and grand helpers: Buy this for the smiles, the lump in the throat, the memories, the hugs. Buy it for yourself and your special friends – bear and human! 

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Linda, valiant putter-of-books-into-bags at Linda’s Book Bag blog:  It might sound ridiculous but (BW) brought a tear to my eye.

Marisa of McFly’s Book Bliss who said, This book was absolutely precious.

Cheryl Pasquier, valiant blogger, of the Madhouse Family: It’s a small book packed with big emotions. Mawson, the big-hearted soul- searching teddy bear is here to help.

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Debbie Young, who reviewed Bright World even though very busy creating the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries,

Bette F. who boldly took Mawson’s book on her visit to India: A book for all the ages.

Susan Hampson, valiantly blogging through the nights at Books From Dusk To Dawn: Just pure magic.  A bear’s love is never far away and can be shared and passed on through the generations.

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Books In My Handbag where Jessie Cahalin featured Mawson (can you see a bear in there?),

Hasanthi’s Book World, who kindly made Bright World her Pick of the Month! (and gave our Mawson a visit to Sri Lanka),

Nina at Cozy pages, who gave Mawson a very grand shout out. Lots of lovely reviews there.

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Dan Durdjevic, author of the remarkable novel ,written in real time, Mirror Image of Sound, . “ “This gentle, calming, life-affirming little gem won’t fail to put a smile on your face as your read it.”

Verena who also for years hosted Mawson’s old Web Den and gave quiet encouragement,

Ally K  who kindly Bear-Toobed, umm Book-Tubed, Mawson’s book,

 

For kindly sharing fuzzy Selfies of themselves with Its A Bright World:

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Sir Peregrine (call me Perry, dear chaps), doing great deeds with samples of very particular grape juices,
Hippo, Sloth and Friends, Bumble, Jock and Wasp, being valiant friends on Twitter.

AND All fellow writers at Odyssey Books and Publisher Obscura, including:
Michelle Lovi, publisher of Odyssey Books,
Elizabeth Foster, author of Esme’s Wish,
Isobel Blackthorn, author of The Drago Tree and more,
Cindy Cipriano, author of Fading,
Carolyn Denman, author of Songlines ,
Rachael Nightingale, writer, playwright, educator and actor,
Felicity Banks, author of The Antipodean Queen series,
Vacen Taylor, author of the Star Child series,
Patricia Leslie, author of The Ouroboros Key.

It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In, by Mawson Bear, makes a gentle read for anyone who’s known that inexpressibly Baffling Thing, the feeling of being Lost.

It’s all over the place including at BookDepository.com (with free shipping too all around this bright world). ISBN: 978-1-922200-44-0 .Also  Amazon and Abebooks.com and Goodreads.com .

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Esme’s Wish, by Elizabeth Foster

“I’m going to find out what happened to you, Mum, no matter what.”

Mark, guardian of Mawson Bear says:
From the startling opening wedding scene of Esme’s Wish to the highly satisfying conclusion, this novel aimed at younger readers is a fine read for those of any age who still yearn for wondrous worlds. This older, ahem, vastly older reader, felt immersed in Aeolia’s realm of blue water and orange dragons. I enjoyed the pacing, the mystery, and also the perfect language which does not assume that younger readers will flinch from some longer words that are precisely placed for the sentence. Above all, I was gripped by a fallible child’s quest for her missing mother, Ariane, and, as her doubts grew about Ariane’s actions and motives, her determination to find the truth.

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The island of Esperance in Aeolia, a realm of seas, islands, lagoons, oh- and dragons.

The praise I’d meant to lavish can be read in so many reviews on Goodreads by delighted readers that I will take another tack: how the producer of the movie (a movie must be made) could so easily bungle it, as they have for too many once-glittering worlds (poor ruined Narnia, for instance).

“Silently she sat, swamped by a loneliness her small frame couldn’t contain”.

Bungle one: the casting. Fifteen year old Esme with hair “as stringy as sea grass matting” feels small and abandoned, lurching between nights of despair and getting her nerve up for each stage of her quest. She must not be portrayed as a drop-dead gorgeous, confident 19 year old who need only flick her hair to bring wizards and warriors rushing to her help.

“ .. Esme barrelled into a boy … A spyglass flew out of his hand, spun high in the air, and thwacked him on the side of his head on the way down.”

Bungle two: The dreaded sloppy romance angle. There isn’t one. In what a producer will itch to turn into a classic movie “meet cute” scene, Esme does run into Daniel. She also meets a girl, Lillian. The point here is that Esme, after having been shunned for years, must go about the awkward and messy business of learning what it is like to have friends.

“This library holds the largest collection of song spells in all of Aeolia”.

Bungle three:  Skimming over Esme’s search in favour of visual “action”: earthquakes, swooping dragons, and strange creatures in lagoons. Esme’s strength is that she starts with only a few clues and her determination, but keeps on at it, scouring compendiums and researching the wonderful Library. She absorbs new learning, both magic and science, plans out her moves and takes sometimes incautious lunges forward without help. No magic wands to solve it all here.

“The dots were soon recognisable as a flight of orange dragons, their wings beating like sails beneath bolting clouds”.

The world of Aeolia is breathtaking, and the producer’s instinct to flood our retinas with overblown imagery would detract from the story. This is about Esme and Ariane. Try instead, producers, to match Elizabeth Foster’s craft: make your scenes fleeting and vivid, deft brushstrokes rather than visual battering rams.

Elizabeth Foster is planning a followup to Esme’s Wish. See news on her web den.

I will leave you now to the wind-played harps and song spells of Esperance in Aeolia.

Esme’s Wish is published by Odyssey Books, a small press where books are an adventure.

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‘Great book, well written and extremely engaging. Bonus it is all about bears!!!!
Marvellous !!!!!!!’  Reviewer Navaron on Amazon.

 

 

A Writer-Bear For Our Befuddled Times

Do you sometimes feel a bit muddled about, well, Things ?

Sometimes rather ruffled when Things just go and, well, Happen ?

Somewhat confused one moment and completely baffled the next?

It’s not easy having to be sophisticated and industrious all day long. But in Mawson’s cosy world, the weary reader can flop down among the cushions and relax.

Here you can find the answers to just about nothing at all. You can forget you ever had questions anyway.

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Mawson and his friends are befuddled about most things most of the time – just like so many of us. And that’s all right.

His first book, It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is out now.
“Just pure magic. Susan Hampson, Reviewer on Books from Dawn to Dusk.”

‘It’s a small book packed with big emotions. Mawson, the big-hearted, soul-searching teddy bear is here to help.’ Cheryl Pasquier of Madhouse Family reviews (Twitter @cherylp59):

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

Grownups, Bears, and Hotels: the hitherto unknown correlation

Mawson’s Guardian, Mark, says:

Travelodge Britain annually return to grateful owners thousands of lost bears that had been left behind in hotel rooms.  A survey they did of their guests in 2010 revealed the following (italics mine):

A quarter of male respondents stated it is quite acceptable to have a bear regardless of your age.

One quarter of the male respondents also said they take their teddy bear with them when going away on business.

The cooler the bear ...

Almost too cool to bear

One in ten single men surveyed admitted to hiding their bear when their girlfriend stays over*.  And one in seven married men reported they hide their teddy bear when any family and friends come to visit.

This means, of course, those big bold men have a bear (or bears) in the first place for these emergency hiding away purposes.

Dan with W

Dan Djurdjevic, author of Mirror Image Of Sound, and martial arts teacher, with a certain picture book.

More men (15%) compared to women (10%) reported they treat their teddy as their best friend and will share their secrets with their bear.

*Mawson assures me, by the way, that nonchalantly-on-purpose allowing your girlfriend to discover your bear will clinch her affections for you forever.

Adapted from an Article put out by Travelodge UK in July 2010.  

You are in the web den of Mawson Bear, Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and Writer-Bear .